Deep thought

“Those who never understood the positive teaching of Descartes, and who could never have risen to his philosophy, appreciated this dramatic rejection of inherited systems and ideas.  And though he himself said that the attempt to overthrow all tradition in this way was not a thing to be carried out by any and every man. . . still the influence of the policy of methodical doubt was in the long run to be most significant on the destructive side and in the realm of general ideas.”

Herbert Butterfield, The Origins of Modern Science


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